This was a bit of a surprise to me.
The 2013 census data show that a similar proportion of the European and Māori ethnic groups declared themselves as having no religion in the 2013 census – 46.9 percent of European and 46.3 percent of Māori (see 2013 Census QuickStats about culture and identity).
The graph below illustrates the proportion of non-religious for the different NZ ethnic groups differentiated in the census.
Recent sociological research does show differences between European and Māori economic values and beliefs and I thought this might be reflected in different religious affiliations.
But apparently not.
I wonder if these non-religious Māori feel as offended as I do when a Christian prayer, disguised as a karakia, is imposed on them? I feel this is dishonest and takes advantage of the unwillingness of New Zealanders to complain as the complaint could be interpreted as racist. But it must also offend non-Christian Māori for their culture to be hijacked like this.
Maori Television has been very successful. As well as the coverage of Maori issues many viewers have been pleased at their programming of quality foreign films.
I came across another gem of theirs recently: 411 – a locally produced programme on innovation, science, technology and design. (See 411.net.nz for information).
Presenters Tumamao Harawira and Taupunakohe Tocker
It’s a fast moving but quite informative programme. Often covering local companies and research institutes.
Recent stories have covered subject like Lense Innovation, Car Recycling, The Synchrotron, Cinematic Games, Kiwifruit Innovation, Maori Digital Art, Virtual Learning, Reef Design, Interactive Books and Wireless Mobile Device Learning.
Future programmes will cover Supercars, Honey Innovation, Bio-Engineering, Gaming Development, Custom Ear Monitors, Appliance Innovation, Building Technology, Observatory Technology and Advanced Materials Manufacturing.
It’s about time we had something like this.
If you are interested tune in Fridays 10:30 pm on Maori Television.
The presenters are Tumamao Harawira and Taupunakohe Tocker
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